We help IT Professionals succeed at work.

Problem with system booting after image restoration from related question

Last Modified: 2012-05-08
I have done it several times.  I booted with Ghost32 and successfully created images of the C: partition and the D: partition.  I re-created the partitions as needed.  The drive letters even show correctly with DISKPART.  I booted back with ghost32 and moved the images back to their respective drives.  Within my wds winpeimage I can use the command window to go to C: and D: and all the files are there from the images.

So everything seems to have gone perfect!  i reboot machine and it won't boot.  It sees the drives, the logical drives, etc. It tries to PXE boot (which is where i did the DISKPART and Ghost32 is in my bootable image).  For some reason a direct image did not make the C: drive bootable.  DISKPART shows the Disk 0, All partitions, all volumes correct, healthy even shows the correct used space.  BUT NO BOOT.

Any ideas how to fix this?  Boot.ini shows the correct information, but i thought that the EXACT image that was the C: drive before would make the "new" C: drive the exact same.  In the past when doing this to servers, I never had this issue.  I am on a major time crunch here, I am onsite RIGHT NOW hoping to get some ideas.
Watch Question

This one is on us!
(Get your first solution completely free - no credit card required)
This one is on us!
(Get your first solution completely free - no credit card required)


I feel stupid.  vahiid, you was correct.  In all the times I have done this I run a DISKPART script that makes the correct partition ACTIVE.  In my hurridness I forgot to run the script so NO partitions was active and since I resized everything no initial settings were still in place.

Almost exactly what you said vahiid,

from cmd in pxe boot os utility I created.

sel disk 0
sel par 1

Exited everything and rebooted.  It worked like it is supposed to.  lol Teaches me to get in a hurry! geez!


Thank you both for the very quick responses :)

That is why I love this site!

Thanks,  I split the points, but majority went to Vahiid.

Glad I could help :)

It is the little things that can mess u up.

Gain unlimited access to on-demand training courses with an Experts Exchange subscription.

Get Access
Why Experts Exchange?

Experts Exchange always has the answer, or at the least points me in the correct direction! It is like having another employee that is extremely experienced.

Jim Murphy
Programmer at Smart IT Solutions

When asked, what has been your best career decision?

Deciding to stick with EE.

Mohamed Asif
Technical Department Head

Being involved with EE helped me to grow personally and professionally.

Carl Webster
CTP, Sr Infrastructure Consultant
Empower Your Career
Did You Know?

We've partnered with two important charities to provide clean water and computer science education to those who need it most. READ MORE

Ask ANY Question

Connect with Certified Experts to gain insight and support on specific technology challenges including:

  • Troubleshooting
  • Research
  • Professional Opinions
Unlock the solution to this question.
Join our community and discover your potential

Experts Exchange is the only place where you can interact directly with leading experts in the technology field. Become a member today and access the collective knowledge of thousands of technology experts.

*This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.


Please enter a first name

Please enter a last name

8+ characters (letters, numbers, and a symbol)

By clicking, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.